SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON(Updated on May 2014)
Use Generic CORDURA® for Superior Abrasion Resistance
YES. VANQUEST® is also a featured brand on CORDURA's official site!
Low-cost generic 1,000-D nylon fabric.
Use MADE -IN-USA MultiCam® CORDURA®
Not including freight and custom duty, genuine US-made MultiCam® costs 2X-3X more than Chinese-made genetic 1,000-D nylon.
TEFLON® Water-Resistant Fabric Protector
Polyurethane (PU) Water-Resistant Back Coating
YES. Flexible, durable, and quiet multi-layer PU coating.
YES. Although triple PU coating is extremely stiff & noisy, some users associate the fabric's heavy weight, stiffness, and crunchy noise with "durability".
High-Viz 210-D Ripston Nylon Interior
Generic nylon fabric without high-viz feature and ripstop durability.
Fabric with RFID-Blocking Security Feature
One of the first in the tactical industry to use RFID-blocking technology.
ITW®, DURAFLEX® & YKK® Hardware
Plastic Hardware Material (e.g. side-release buckles)
Acetal resin (DELRIN)® by DuPont). Acetal offers great tensile strength and it is less susceptible to elements such water, moisture, and temperature.
Nylon. Costs less and slightly more impact-resistant in normal temperature. However, nylon hardware absorts / retains water, and its strength is easily compromised by temperature and moisture.
BUILD QUALITY & WORKMANSHIP
Seams Taped & Finished
Box-&-X Stitching on Stress Points
High Tensile Strength Thread
Bonded nylon thread
Bartacking on MOLLE/PALS webbing
YES. Bartack stitching is stronger.
NO. Only use weaker linear stitching.
Zipper & Zipper Pulls
Reversed zipper track for better protection. User-friendly circular paracord loops & ITW® ZipLine pulls for easy one-finger operation.
Exposed / less protected zipper track. Zipperpull with flat common paracords knots. Less suitable for one-finger opening.
Limited Lifetime Warranty
100-Day Hassle-Free Return
As short as 20 calendar days (NOT business days)
HISTORY, OPERATIONS & OTHERS
10+ years in the industry on average
100% designed in the US by experienced industry designers / users who are serious about outdoor / shooting sports and building better gear.
Products often developed by foreign factories, some are even the same Chinese products re-branded and marketed by US-based slaes teams.
Selected few. Quality, not quantity
100's to 1,000's
Fewer options, yet function-based
Dozens of fashion-centric colors
Mail Order Catalogs
Advertisement & Marketing*
Few. Generally through word-of-mouth.
Love full-page ads, and gigantic maze-like tradeshow booths.